PULASKI, Va. —
The Princeton Rays finished the month of June on a four-game winning streak, scoring the final six runs of the game Monday night to break out of a fifth-inning tie and defeat the Pulaski Mariners 7-1.
Thomas Milone’s solo home run over right-center field in the top of the first gave the Rays (7-5) the early advantage. The Mariners (6-6) tied it in the fifth on an RBI single by Gianfranco Wawoe.
Riley Unroe and Milone both got on base to start the sixth, and came home on a single by Nic Wilson and an RBI groundout by Nick Ciuffo.
Mariners reliever Rohn Pierce hit Cristian Toribio with a pitch with two outs in the seventh, then surrendered a home run to Unroe — his third of the young season.
The Rays added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Blake Grant-Parks and an RBI single by Unroe, following a triple buy Toribio.
Princeton starter Freddy Alvarez (1-1) picked up the win, allowing the Pulaski run and six hits in five innings. He struck out two batters. Tomas Michelson went three innings without allowing a hit, and Ruben Paredes finished on the mound.
The loss went to starter Zack Littell, who struck out six batters but gave up three runs on four hits.
Milone was 3 for 5, while Unroe collected three RBI on a 2 for 4 day.
Princeton and Pulaski had entered the game tied for second place in the Appy League East.
The Rays begin Mercer Cup series competition with the Bluefield Blue Jays today at 7:05 p.m. at Bowen Field. The league has an off day on Wednesday.
At Calfee Park
Princeton...............100 002 211 — 7 8 1
Pulaski...................000 010 000 — 1 7 2
Danville 9, Bluefield 2
DANVILLE, Va. — The Danville Braves gave Bluefield a two-run lead, then scored the rest of the runs and played errorless ball on Monday night.
Bluefield used back-to-back hits, a double by Aaron Attaway and an RBI single by Richard Urena, to post a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The first batter of the second stanza, Trent Miller, launched his first Appy League home run over the left-field wall for a 2-0 edge.
Danville took the lead in the next inning courtesy of an RBI single by Jose Morel and Jordan Edgerton’s fifth double of the year, which plated two teammates. Edgerton added a solo home run in the fifth.
Attaway and Austin Davis each were 1 for 3 for the Blue Jays (4-8); Lydell Moseby was 1 for 1 as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning.
Bluefield has now lost three in a row to the league-leading Braves and four of their past five games.
The Blue Jays return to Bowen Field to host Princeton today at 7:05 p.m. in the first game of the 2014 Mercer Cup series. The Appalachian League is off on Wednesday.
At Dan Daniel Park
Bluefield............110 000 000 — 2 7 2
Danville.............003 011 04x — 9 11 0